As a sea kayaker living on the west coast of BC is am well familiar with the area of Clayoquot Sound and its neighbouring town of Tofino. I have dippeAs a sea kayaker living on the west coast of BC is am well familiar with the area of Clayoquot Sound and its neighbouring town of Tofino. I have dipped my kayak paddle in those waters on several occasions and have spent many days and nights wandering the shores and beaches of this gem. Tofino is a place that like my home of Salt Spring Island, has changed drastically over the past decades. From rustic outskirts to thriving tourist destination, but underneath it all are those who muster through the changes and remain the gatekeepers to the hidden secrets behind such a place. Tofino homesteader and writer, Frank Harper is just such a gate keeper and his book, Journeys - Stories from Clayoquot Sound is a page-turning gemstone of a book. I have written a longer review and posted it on my kayaking blog site. I invite you to read it and use the contact information at the end of the post to get a copy of this Goodread! http://www.kayakrogue.com/?p=2392
As as sea kayaker and writer I am always on the look out for new books about the subject. This book found its way to me by chance and happenstance andAs as sea kayaker and writer I am always on the look out for new books about the subject. This book found its way to me by chance and happenstance and is one of the prized books in my collection. It is self-publishing at its best and shows the quality of what DYI publishing can do. Produced using the Blurb.com book making software a pair of avid local kayakers craft a book from their adventure kayaking blog. The combination of alternating blog entries and vivid images of the natural beauty still available on parts of the coast are a perfect fit. The pair provide excellent tips, and guides to what it takes to undertake such a journey including GPS co-ordinates for several of the best places to camp on and around Vancouver Island. For my review of the book and more information as to where to purchase this edition, or browsing their blog please visit my site at: http://www.kayakrogue.com/?p=2149...more
As a sea kayaker I was anticipating the release of Fearless in paperback. I am a sea kayaker and write about the topic. Though the art of marathon endAs a sea kayaker I was anticipating the release of Fearless in paperback. I am a sea kayaker and write about the topic. Though the art of marathon endurance paddling I leave to others, and happy to sit back and read vicariously. Freya Hoffmeister give us a glimpse of what it takes to endure, overcome and master that art. My review of Joe Glickman's book, Fearless, about Hoffmeister's attempt to circumnavigate Australia is on my kayak blog and I invite you to stop by and read it. http://www.kayakrogue.com/?p=2049...more
Joe Simpson is not only a skilled climber, but a skilled writer. Touching the Void is as personal a book as you will ever find. In it he faces the reaJoe Simpson is not only a skilled climber, but a skilled writer. Touching the Void is as personal a book as you will ever find. In it he faces the reality of his inner demons, his frailty on earth and his own very real demise. How a few untimely events can lead to a domino effect of tragic propotions is described in these pages of one man's attempt to escape the inevitable death on a mountain. The struggle of his partner to cope with his own part in the matter of their unfortunate attemto to climb an unclimbed mountain in the Andes. I read this book in one night, could not put it down! Read it. ...more
I stopped in at Chapters bookstore on my way back to the hospital where I was holding vigil and supporting my mother as she finished her life and fighI stopped in at Chapters bookstore on my way back to the hospital where I was holding vigil and supporting my mother as she finished her life and fight with cancer. It was a long stay, nearly two months in a palliative ward. Death being dealt out on a daily basis all around me. It was hard to steal myself away from the stresses of nursing a parent in her last days and do so with grace and humour. Our family, known for inherent black humour entertained the staff in that room for weeks. The book I picked up to escape while mum was sleeping was Christopher Moore's take on the story of Christ. All the way through the book I knew the ending and hoped that this time, Jesus would not go to Jerusalem. Alas... This book, oddly timed, oddly placed in my hands became my saving during a time of grief, stress and anxiety. To laugh out loud at times in a palliate care room seemed unholy. However, I think this author would have appreciated the irony. Great book, great take on the lost years and I am a fan of Biff!...more
Ted Simon may not be a household name for most people, in fact until I watched Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor ride around the world in Long Way RouTed Simon may not be a household name for most people, in fact until I watched Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor ride around the world in Long Way Round I had no idea who Mr. Simon was. He inspired their trip which became such a success. Simon rode around the world decades before them and in much smaller and un-sponsored style. Writing the occasional report for newspapers in England to partly pay for his adventure Simon rode and discovered the fragility of the traveler, especially one on two wheels. He also discovered the inner demons, and fragility of his own nature. It is both self-exploration and a drama of miles by motorcycle. A highly enjoyable read, if save for the long chapters of his stay in Brazil upon entering the American leg of his journey. His writing loses pace there as did his trip and spirit. My only other critically unhappy opinion of his book is the speed in which he races through India. I little less time spent on time in Brazil would have been well used in India, but that is my idea, and it is HIS story. I recommend Ted Simon as a good read indeed. It is a perilous thing we do when we step outside our door. He took it a few years further....more
Charley Boorman, son of director John Boorman was not a household name until he joined with bike riding mate and actor Ewan McGregor for a ride aroundCharley Boorman, son of director John Boorman was not a household name until he joined with bike riding mate and actor Ewan McGregor for a ride around the world called Long Way Round. A documentary turned book as well, which is also on my Goodreads shelf. After the success of LWR Charley Boorman was in the spotlight and had a chance to take on a childhood dream of riding in the Paris/Dakar rally. With a team including Dakar experienced rider and off-road trainer Simon Pavey, and cameraman/rider Matt Hall Boorman with film crew, mechanics and BBC in tow takes on the north African desert on BMW motorbikes as 'privateers'. This book is based on that documentary, written by a ghost writer but using transcripts, recordings and daily diaries of the team members to peice together the whole experience. The video series accompaniment to the book is expremely watchable, as is this book is readable. I like Charley and his tentative approach to the race known to kill the most hardened and experienced riders gives the story an 'every-man' feel. The skills needed to accomplish the race are daunting and even Pavey has his moments of fear and doubt. It is Matt's story that grabbed me the most as his was all about an unseen side of the famous rally now held in Argentina and Chile due to assumed terrorist threats in Africa.
Charley Boorman is someone I would like to have a pint with, and maybe invite him out for a paddle in my kayaks. A genuine adventure hound is he.